All Quiet On The Western Front, a film based on a novel of the same name by German writer and World War I veteran Erich Maria Remarque, opens in the United States.
The movie is about a group of schoolboys inspired by their teacher to enlist in the war. Once the fighting starts, however, they learn that the reality of war is far less heroic and exciting than the people back home portrayed it.
Both the book and the film will be banned under the Nazi government. Erich Maria Remarque has his German citizenship revoked, and in 1943, his sister is arrested and executed — apparently in part out of frustration that the Nazis weren't able to kill Remarque himself.
Carl Laemmle, president of the Universal Film Corporation, expects the film to increase people's opposition to war:
"I am convinced that the world cannot look on the picturization of Remarque's story without realizing the futility of war. Mothers who see it will demand that the hopeless slaughter of youth be stopped."